Driving While Distracted

By Personal Injury Attorney Yolvondra Martin

Distracted driving is the cause of thousands of car accident fatalities each year.  The most common form of distracted driving is texting while driving.

Not only is texting while driving dangerous, it is illegal in 43 states including Georgia.  Texting while driving diverts a driver’s visual, manual, and cognitive attention away from the road.  In other words, texting takes a driver’s eyes off of the road, his hands of the steering wheel, and his mind off of the task of driving.

To put the danger in greater perspective, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has found that texting is SIX times more dangerous than drunk driving.  Texting while driving takes a driver’s eyes off the road for approximately 4.6 seconds or length of a football field on average.  In fact, texting while driving causes more deaths than drunk driving each year.

Georgia took the stance to proactively protect its citizens on the road and passed a law banning drivers from texting, checking emails and browsing the internet while driving in 2010.  Drivers under the age of 18 and bus drivers are banned from using their cell phones completely while driving.

Driving requires your full attention.  Avoiding distracted driving can save many lives.

If you or someone you know have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact Personal Injury Attorney Yolvondra Martin for your consultation.

The Martin Law Group | 404-248-4898 | ymartin@themartinlawgroup.com

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Will Filing for Bankruptcy in Georgia Wipe Out All of My Debts?

By Bankruptcy Attorney Yolvondra Martin

The answer is, it depends.

Federal laws allow a debtor to file bankruptcy to eliminate their debts or set up a repayment plan to pay back debts, depending on which type of bankruptcy you file. There are some debts that bankruptcy will never eliminate.

If your debt does not include one of the exceptions then you may be able to use bankruptcy to begin a fresh debt-free start. Filing bankruptcy in Georgia will not get rid of alimony or child support and your most recent back taxes. A bankruptcy will also not get rid of student loans, unless you can show that the student loan repayments are creating an “undue hardship.” An undue hardship means that you can’t repay your loans and keep a minimum standard of living, your financial situation is likely to continue, and you have made an effort to pay off the loans.

Bankruptcy will also not discharge purchases of luxury goods over $600 that have been purchased within 90 days of filing, any cash advances of $875 within 70 days of filing, or any other fraudulent debts. 11 U.S. Code § 523 prevents people from abusing the bankruptcy system.

Bankruptcy will also not discharge any fines or penalties from government agencies.

If you choose to file for bankruptcy, you can file either a Chapter 7, which will wipe out all debts excluding those listed and a few other exceptions, or you can file a Chapter 13. A Chapter 13 will set up a repayment plan that will help you pay back your debts over a period of several years.

If you are contemplating bankruptcy, contact Bankruptcy Attorney Yolvondra Martin for your consultation.

The Martin Law Group | 404-248-4898 | ymartin@themartinlawgroup.com